Fire Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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Before a fire occurs, your primary focus should be safety first and the first step of making sure you are safe is having a plan.

SERVPRO wants to make sure you and your family is covered in case a fire breaks out, by giving helpful tips to use before you are faced with a fire.

  • Make sure you check your fire alarms regularly and practice the fire safety plan at least twice a year
  • Create a fire safety plan

Teach your kids 2 possible exits, and how to get out on their own

  • Create a family emergency communication plan (where to meet afterwards)
  • Teach stop, drop, and roll

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (856) 241-9997

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

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